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Recruiting: Trustees

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Boccia England is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee based in Nottingham with responsibility for the promotion of the Paralympic sport of Boccia across the wider community of England. Boccia England is a sustainable charity receiving funding from a variety of sources and income generation.

We are looking for 2 skilled and experienced individuals to join our Board. You will support our strategic direction and help ensure we perform well within the requirements of governance good practice.

We are particularly keen to hear from people who:

  • Have knowledge and experience of our sport or with general sport and business skills. Above all we want people who are able to make a positive contribution to the development of boccia.
  • Have senior level expertise in income generation and fundraising to bring new ideas and insight to our Board and support our fundraising efforts. Anyone with demonstrable experience in a senior fundraising role is welcome to apply.

The position is voluntary although appropriate expenses will be reimbursed.

Boccia England is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee or volunteer receives less favourable treatment, on the grounds of age, colour, disability, ethnic minority, parental or marital status, nationality, religious belief, gender, social status or sexual preference, than any other. For further information please consult our Equality Policy.

For an informal discussion please call 01159678455

For further information about Boccia England please visit our website.

To apply for this role please send your current CV along with a covering letter about why you are applying for the role and what you can offer to Boccia England, sent to:

Chris Ratcliffe, CEO Boccia England, Unit 8, Heathcoat Building, Nottingham Science Park, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ
cratcliffe@bocciaengland.org.uk.

Closing Date: 14th July 2017
Provisional interviews will be held on July/August but may be subject to change.

National Boccia League Finals 2017

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On Saturday 1st July Boccia England welcomes the top 17 National League teams in the country along with 6 Super League teams to battle it out for promotion and relegation.

The competition will be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. The competition is free to spectators.

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Jorvik Vikings Boccia Team - 2016 National League Champions.

The 2017 National League qualifiers are as follows:

  • West - Paul's Place Vikings
  • West Midlands - Paul's Place Raiders
  • East A - Shooting Stars
  • East B - Norwich Pioneers
  • London - Pace A
  • East Midlands - Sheffield City Rebels
  • East Midlands B - Rios' Rockets
  • Surrey A - Special Olympics Surrey A
  • Surrey B - YMCA Wildcats
  • South East A - Sportsable Strikers
  • Kent - Herne Bay Herons
  • North West B - Stockport Dynamos
  • South East B - Romford YMCA
  • North West C - Blackpool Boccia
  • North West A - Bury Tigers
  • Yorkshire - Scarboccia
  • North East - Percy Hedley

A provisional schedule of play is available now on the event page.
Good Luck to all the teams!

It's all to play for in the Super League 2017. This is what the current Super League table looks like:

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Keep up to date with live results to see who tops the table as Super League Champions 2017!

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Southern All Stars - 2016 Super League Champions

Follow results for both competitions on the Boccia England website.

Recruiting: School Link Officer

Boccia England
Nottingham based
Boccia School Link Officer
Contract until March 31st 2020
Salary range £18k-£25k (pro-rata)
Part time - two days a week

Boccia England is a charity and the national governing body for the sport of boccia in England. We have recently been awarded additional funding from the Mason Charitable Foundation to help deliver our School to club link project.

A key part of this is increase participation in boccia throughout secondary schools in England and to co-ordinate the implementation of Boccia Skills Award. We are now looking for someone with the right skills and enthusiasm to join our development team and take on this area of work. You will be based at our head office in Nottingham but the role involves travel throughout England.

The role is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about developing sport. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of disability sport and experience of working in the sports sector in particular with schools and volunteers.

If you think you have the suitable skills and attributes for this job then we would like to hear from you. The post is time limited to the end of March 2020. It’s a challenging position but in return we offer a friendly and supportive working environment and a reward package that includes a contributory pension scheme and 25 days annual leave pro rata.

For more details, please click below:
Job description and person specification
Application form

Please send completed application forms to mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 10th July 2017, 9:00am
Interviews to be held: Thursday 20th July

The BE Cup Finals 2017

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The BE Cup Finals took place at EIS-Sheffield on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2017. The top 40 English players battled it out to become champions in BC1,BC2, BC3 and BC4 competitions.

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Boccia England would like to thank all the officials and volunteer timekeepers for giving up thier time to make this top class event run smoothly. With special thanks to Dan Headley (Head Referee above middle) and Cassandra Turk (Assist.Head Referee above left).

The full results can be found on The BE Cup Finals 2017 event page

BC1 Competition

Gold - Jabe Peake

Silver - Caroline Robinson

Bronze - Alex Dukes

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Full BC1 results view here

BC2 Competition

Gold - Zoe Robinson

Silver - Reshad Saraj

Bronze - Tim Hayes

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Full BC2 results view here

BC3 Competition

Gold - Cecilia Turk

Silver - Cameron Coxall

Bronze - Jess Hunter

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Full BC3 results view here

BC4 Competition

Gold - Louis Saunders

Silver - Lewis Hammans

Bronze - Harry Thompson

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Full BC4 results view here

All the medallists qualify for the 2017 Boccia UK Championships in Liverpool. More details to come!

All the photos from the competition can be found on our Flickr page

Coach Development Grants available

Boccia England values personal and professional development, and recognising that development of new skills and knowledge is at the heart of improving the quality and sustainability of Boccia in clubs.
This grant aims to support clubs in training and up skilling coaches to obtain courses and qualifications that will be utilised by the club. We are looking for coaches who are committed, motivated and determined to succeed.

What can you apply for?

Financial assistance towards the costs of a Level 1 Coaching Qualification in Boccia in attending one of the following courses;

Bath
Bath Sports & Leisure Centre, North Parade Rd, Bath, BA2 4ET
Sat16th Sept 2017, Sun 17th Sept 2017, Sat 30th Sept 2017

Newcastle
Percy Hedley School, Hedleys Sport, West Lane, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 7BH
Sat 23rd Sept 2017, Sun 24th Sept 2017, Sat 7th Oct 2017

How much can you apply for?

Clubs are eligible to apply for a maximum of £125 of the course cost and only one grant per club per year is permitted.

If your application is successful you will be required to pay 50% (£125) of the course cost upfront to secure a place on the course. The remaining 50% of the course cost will be funded through this Coach Development Grant Scheme.

How to Apply

Complete the application form here and return it to Boccia England by Friday 30th June 2017.

Free Club Matters Workshop for all boccia clubs

The workshop is a short training session that will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help develop your club.

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The topics covered will be relevant to those who have responsibility for, or involvement in running their club, either now or in the future. The workshop will build upon the content of the online resources, but also include case studies, topical issues, exercises and a discussion section.

We would like to encourage more than one person from a club to attend so that knowledge and business skills can be shared within their club.

What clubs have said about the club matters workshops:

"Great workshop which will help us to look to the future and provide long term stability and growth for generations.”

"Very interesting and informative session. Really made us think about the best way forward for our club and consider the different options open to us.”

"Very thought provoking. I will be meeting with my committee to review this information ASAP.”

Workshop details are as follows:

  • Saturday 1 July 2017
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
  • 10.30am -12.00pm

Sign your club up here

Newly qualified Level 3 Officials

Congratulations to the 10 volunteers who have recently achieved their Level 3 Award in Officiating Boccia.

These dedicated boccia officials attended a detailed training course following by a written and practical assessment to achieve their Level 3 Award (previously National level).

Pictured from left to right, the newly qualified Level 3 Officials are:

Tim Cradock, Matt Broadbent, Lauren Kianchehr, Rachel Miller, Liz Moulam, Jan Mulligan, Jon Moulam, Felicity Nicholls, Glyn Newberry, Anne Cradock.

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Thank you to you all, along with the rest of our volunteering team, for your continued hardwork and commitment this season – we simply couldn’t do it without you!

For more information on the structure of the Boccia Officiating Pathway in the UK, please click here.

If you are a current Level 2 Official looking to make the step up to Level 3, or you are an existing National Referee looking to transition, details of future Level 3 training for the 17/18 season will be announced soon.

Boccia England Players Advocate

Boccia England recognises the importance of effective communication with players so that their views are properly represented at all levels both individually and collectively.

Dan Bentley was recently appointed as the Players Advocate for Boccia England and he sits on the Board and Sports-Sub Committee to ensure that the individual and collective views of players are represented. This will enable Boccia England staff and the board to have perspective of players to help develop and promote the sport as well as responding to the needs of players where appropriate.

Dan will be available to speak to players at our events to understand any thoughts and ideas that players may have. Any player or coach that wants to raise matters of concern should ideally still raise these matters with the appropriate Boccia England member of staff but, if necessary Dan is available to assist.

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If you are unable to catch Dan in person at our events, he can be initially contacted by email beathleterep@gmail.com.

Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017

The Heathcoat Cups second year commenced back in October 2016, the pan-disability competition has provided an entry-level competition across 5 locations in England for nearly 250 players.

60 players qualified for Heathcoat Cup Finals and it was a busy day with 130 matches taking place!

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The Heathcoat Cup concluded on Saturday 29th April, with the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017 taking place at Hertfordshire Sports Village, home of the Hawks Academy.

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Thanks to our fantastic group of officials that supported the competition.

THE MEDALLISTS
(Q=qualification to The BE Cup Finals 2017)

BC1

  • Gold - Caroline Robinson (Q)

  • Silver - Gemma Mitchell (Q)

  • Bronze - Zoe Barnes

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BC2

  • Gold Thomas Ferry (Q)

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  • Silver - Alex Elliott (Q)

  • Bronze - Vicky Maggs

BC3

  • Gold - Cameron Coxall (Q)

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  • Silver - Becky Gibson (Q)
  • Bronze - Lee Croker

BC5

  • Gold - Alfie Yates

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  • Silver - Mitchell Robinson

  • Bronze - Matt Badman

BC6

  • Gold - Andy Batten

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  • Silver - David Johns

  • Bronze - Nick Brake

BC8

  • Gold - Luke Jones

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  • Silver - Vanshi Gunesh

  • Bronze - Jack Conie

The full results can be found on the Heathcoat Cup event page.

Photos from the competition will be available on our Flickr page

Dates for Heathcoat Cup 2017/18 are nearly finalised so keep an eye on the website for more information!

Congratulations to the 2017 Boccia Award Winners

The 2017 Boccia Awards winners have been chosen!

The awards provide a way of recognising and, above all, celebrating the successes of our outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs across England for their performance or involvement in boccia this season.

Each nomination has been made by the members of Boccia England.

Chris Ratcliffe, Boccia England CEO has this to say about the awards: “Since I joined Boccia England in September 2016 I have been immensely impressed by the level of talent that we have within the boccia community, from dedicated volunteers to players who give it their all every time they take to the court. The Boccia Awards are a fantastic opportunity for Boccia England to showcase this talent as well as recognise and acknowledge those who put so much into our sport, congratulations to all the winners and nominees.”

The panel chose the following winners, who will receive their awards at the BE Cup Final and National League and Super League Finals.

Club of the Year - Paul's Place

Coach of the Year - Felicity Nicholls
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Volunteer of the Year - Roy McGee

Athlete of the Year - Reshad Saraj
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Team of the Year - Jorvik Boccia Super league Team

Official of the year - Jan Mulligan
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Congratulations to all of our 2017 Boccia Award Winners. The awards will be back in 2018 for you to nominate your boccia sporting hero.